UK Tour | 21 - 29 July 2017 | PART 1
Since the last time I updated the blog we have played two gigs in London on two separate occasions. Both of these gigs were an absolute blast and we played exceptionally well and once again blew the crowds away. Part 1 focuses more on the first gig adventure. I will update Part 2 very soon which highlights the second gig adventure
The first gig was at the Finborough Arms in the basement which has an intimate but awesome venue. After the gig myself, Marc and Rubin missioned around London finding our way back to Woking where our new friends happily hosted us for a second time. Finding our way back to Woking was an absolute adventure having to take late night busses as well as the last train of the night which was exceptionally lively to say the very least. What an experience!
We then came back home to Buckingham for a bit and to get ready for a big gig at the New Cross Inn on the 27th July. This was a big gig for us as we headlined the show with 4 other bands on the bill. We had a fantastic gig and got the crowd dancing like crazy! Pictures coming soon for this gig, don't have them yet.
On our long Journey from Buckingham to London we ended up taking a red bus through central London as well as exploring WImbledon, the area in which our UK agent lives.
Keep an eye out for Part two which I will update in the next day or so. Just waiting for pictures from the photographer from our gig at new cross inn.
UK Tour | 12 - 20 July 2017
Hello everyone! My apologies for only updating the blog now. I have been settling into the UK life, having a good time.
Since my last post, we have played another two shows. One in Camden town at the Dublin Castle and a second gig at the Buckingham university (the town where we are based).
London is another world! From the little I have seen so far, I would have to say Camden is probably my favourite place in London so far! At the Dublin Castle in Camden, we found out that Paul Mcartney's house was just up the road from us. Not only that, but Abbey road was also just around the corner.
We played at the Dublin Castle which has seen legendary musicians play there such as Amy Winehouse, Madness ands Blur just to name a few. There were a lot of bands playing that night but we outplayed everyone and got a great response.
Whilst in London we were staying at a friends house in Woking/Surrey. Very nice area! We will be staying there this weekend (21-23 July) again. Thanks Russ and Jen for hosting us in Woking! Down the road in Woking/Surrey we found a biltong shop which was a nice piece of home.
That pretty much sums up our first trip to London which included gigs at the Bedford in Balham and The Dublin Castle in Camden.
After London we headed back "home" to buckingham. We then had a gig at the university in Buckingham. Once again there were a lot of bands and we outplayed them all. They seemed shocked that a South African band could sound so international.
UK Tour | 10 - 12 July 2017
A lot has been going on in the last few days. We ventured out of Buckingham to London for our gig and will now be here till Friday the 14th.
So far we have been in Clapham, Balham and Woking/Surrey in London and it already is such an amazing city! We haven't even gotten close to Zone 1 yet! We are currently staying in Woking until we return to Buckingham on Friday.
As you all probably know by now, my bag didn't arrive after a few days of being in the UK. Yesterday was a particularly frustrating day as my bag still did not arrive from the Airport. Needless to say it has been delivered and it is in the past now.
As we got to London we went straight to a band room right beneath the Clapham Junction station (which is apparently one of the busiest in the UK) to warm up for the gig at the Bedford.
Our gig at the Bedford was absolutely awesome. Such an old venue and such a historical one too. There is a green room at the back with artists who signed the wall. Ed Sheeran's signature is on the wall. Pretty cool! and now so is Red Tape Riot! I don't have pictures yet of this but I will get it from Marc's GoPro.
People responded very well to our short set last night and we are looking so forward to playing in Camden on Thursday night.
UK Tour | 9 July 2017
Arrived in the UK safely yesterday but the idiots in Amsterdam didn't send my bag through to London. Oh well, I hope it comes through today (Sunday) or the latest, tomorrow.
We are now in Buckingham and is a beautiful little English town. We are staying right in the centre of Buckingham and there are a fortune of little pubs and takeaway shops. Last night we went on a little pub crawl around the town and went for a walk around the little parks at 10pm at night with a beer in hand and a blue sky.
It is very hot here despite the cloud cover.